• As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Rainy Days with Toddlers

    Ever plan out a fun day outdoors and then here comes the rain to ruin everything? Especially when you have toddler, inclement weather can be a terrible start to the day. However, did you know that rainy days can be an awesome sensory adventure for your little one? Here I go throwing some occupational therapy jargon in there…”sensory”? Sensory meaning some or all of the 5 senses are being stimulated by an activity. Babies and toddlers learn SOOOO much through sensory play,  by way of touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste. As an occupational therapist, we’re always looking at different play activities as a opportunities for a child to explore…

  • As an OT

    What exactly is Occupational Therapy?

    April is Occupational Therapy month!! What better way to celebrate my profession than to share a little bit about what we OT’s really do? I got into occupational therapy because I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field and really help people live their BEST lives. I’ve been an OT practitioner for 7 years and still love what I do. I’ve answered some of the major questions we get on the daily basis and debunk any myths or mysteries about occupational therapy. Sooo “occupational”…that means you help people find jobs? Not exactly…the term, occupation, is not referring to careers, but rather the daily activities that a person performs.…

  • As A Creative,  As a Mommy,  As a Mrs.,  As an OT

    One Year of Therapeutic Miles

    It’s been exactly one year since launching this blog, Therapeutic Miles!!!! What started as a small canvas to chronicle my “miles” as a wife, mom and OT, has evolved into this limitless space for sharing the words of others as well. It’s become a cathartic release, a big hug, a much-needed chuckle. It’s been a big year for our family. A week after launching, I found out I was pregnant again and by October that baby boy was here. This blog has been so therapeutic for me throughout this big transition. Here are some other things I’ve learned this past year as a blogger: I’ve found my voice as a…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    4 Self-Care Tips for New Moms

    So you had a baby, yay! But now you’re expected to take care of a baby AND recover from delivering a human into the world?! There are plenty of resources for how to take care of a newborn baby but not as many for how to take care of yourself. Sure they tell you how to deal with breastfeeding, sleep schedules (or lack of sleep), taking sitz baths, changing diapers, changing your OWN diapers, etc., but there are some things they left out. For example, the upper-backaches you’ll likely get from lifting the baby all day, or how your core strength will be completely shot. I wanted to share a…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Surviving the Third Trimester

    I’m officially 2 months away from Baby #2’s due date and deep into the third trimester. I feel like the time has flown by in this pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Chase, this was definitely the time I experienced the most discomfort and exhaustion.  I’m now reliving the back pain, itchy belly, and swollen legs, while caring for a rambunctious toddler which elevates the degree of difficulty to a whole other level. I felt like sharing my own tips for surviving the third trimester which will hopefully be of some use whether it’s your first time or second go-around. **Disclaimer Alert: I am not a physician, and every woman’s pregnancy…

  • As an OT

    A Playground for Everyone

    We are on a family vacation in Myrtle Beach this week and we naturally catered our itinerary to toddler-friendly activities that Chase would find fun as well.  While I plan to post about our entire Myrtle Beach vacation at a later date, I felt compelled to write about today’s amazing playground experience while it was fresh in my mind. Down the road, about a mile from the resort where we are staying is the new community development called The Market Common, a mixed retail and residential town which officially opened in 2008. Within Grand Park Recreation Complex, we found the most impressive I’ve ever seen, Savannah’s Playground. When I googled local playground, I had no…

  • As an OT

    Safe Sitting at Work

    Is your job giving you a pain in the neck…literally?  Time to look at your workstation ergonomics!! Ergo-who? {Ergo-The term “ergonomics” is derived from two Greek words: “ergon,” meaning work, and “nomoi,” meaning natural laws.} In other words, ergonomics is the study of fitting a person to a job. Here’s more info about an occupational therapist’s role with ergonomics in the workplace. When we look specifically at workstation ergonomics, it’s referring to the positioning and alignment of the worker’s body in relation to the desk, chair, computer, lighting etc.  About 86% of Americans are sitting for the majority of their work day, which on average is 40+ hours of sitting…

  • As an OT

    Slow Grandparents at Play!

    After 75 years old, it all goes downhill from there, right? Well not for everyone. For the past twenty years or so, the average life expectancy has climbed significantly. Instead of retiring and relaxing, many older adults are staying active as long as possible. Priorities are being placed on healthier habits, engaging leisure activities and spending quality time with loved ones. As an occupational therapist working with the active adult and aging population, this “second wind” lifestyle has become very evident. I see a lot of patients coming in for joint replacements so that they may continue to be active, instead of slowing down and dealing with chronic pain.  Just the…

  • As an OT

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Ever get that tingly feeling in your hand when you wake up or after sitting at a computer for a long time? Does it feel especially numb or tingly in your thumb, index and middle finger? Could be carpal tunnel syndrome. Most people know about this diagnosis, but aren’t sure what causes it or what can be done for conservative treatment. The carpal tunnel is an opening in between the bones in your wrist, which the Median Nerve runs through from the forearm down to your hand.  When your hand is in a forward bent position for an extended period of time, this nerve is compressed and you get that tingly/numb sensation.…